|Camden Yards, reflected in a fan's sunglasses|
Ron Gardenhire credits the Baltimore starter, Jake Arrieta. Arrieta is a talented 26-year-old with a career ERA of 4.88 and almost as many walks as strikeouts in more than 200 major league innings and 40 starts entering this fray. I assume he's not as good as his line Friday suggests, but maybe the 30-start rule I mentioned in my previous post should be taken into account. Maybe he IS that good now, and the league is about to find it out.
Gardenhire is also eager -- too eager, methinks -- to defend Ryan Doumit on the sixth inning ball that went for a triple. Yes, it was sunny, yes, it was hit deep. I expect a major league outfielder to catch that ball. Doumit, of course, is a catcher playing outfield in order to get his bat into the lineup. In this game, that trade off didn't work. Admit it and move on.